Evaluating human body’s area factors from digital images - A measurement tool for a better evaluation of the ergonomics of working places

Gianfranco Rizzo, Maria La Gennusa, Gianluca Scaccianoce, Antonino Nucara, Francesco Maria Calvino

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The evaluation of comfort conditions of people in confined environments requires a knowledge of the human body’s radiation data. This is essentially represented by the projected area of the body in a given direction. From this factor, other important parameters can be computed, such as projected area factors and angle factors. Presently, these parameters are evaluated using graphs deriving from a pioneering field study carried out by P.O. Fanger for which a piece of apparatus using mirrors and weight operations on negative films is used. Obviously, these graphs, apart from referring to a limited number of subjects, also involve some reading errors. With the aim of enlarging the number of experimental cases and in order to provide a simplified method of making measurements, this work proposes an experimental procedure. This procedure is based on digital images of the human body which are processed using a computer-based system. The first part of the paper is dedicated to the results of this procedure and their comparison with data taken from other literature on the subject.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)173-185
Numero di pagine13
RivistaOccupational Ergonomics
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2005


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing

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